Mar 202010
 

Wow, that headline is a mouthful. What do I think of it, and what can you expect if you decide to use it? Is the name of the service catchy enough? What are the things you need to know before you make the transition?  I’ll try to write it all up in this article, so brace yourself for a long one. (I will continue to add items to this page as they come up)

If you want to brush up on my previous MSOL write ups, first I talked about why we chose MSOL Hosted Exchange. Next, I moved on to the migration process, and then followed it up with a post about how the service worked with Outlook 2003/2007 from a user standpoint. Finally, what it is like to administer it. Continue reading »

Reddit<-- Share/Bookmark

MSOL Exchange Hosted

 MSOL Exchange Hosted, W2K Migration  Comments Off on MSOL Exchange Hosted
Mar 072010
 

MSOL Hosted ExchangeAbout six months ago…

With the end of W2K Server looming, and failing hardware, it was obvious that we needed a plan to replace our aging Windows Server 2000/Exchange 2003 mail server.

Our original thought was to build a new mail server.  We spent a few weeks looking into how to properly recover an Exchange server from disaster. While my supervisor and myself are not lacking in the day-to-day administration of an Exchange server, we recognized that what it takes to learn to run an Exchange server when things go terribly wrong was well out of the available amount of time we had. (I had a favorite chapter from a book we read on the topic. It was titled: “How to lose your job with Exchange“) With that in mind, costs were calculated. The backups, the testing, the dev environment, the need to keep replaceable hardware on hand, the power requirements, and of course, the cost of downtime every time there was a problem at our building.  I work for a company who only has about 50 employees, but half of those employees work in offices outside of the office that would house the exchange server, and many of them are on the other side of the globe.  When our internet service went down, so did email.  When the power went out, so did the email.  When we rebooted for Windows Updates, down went the email.
Continue reading »

Windows 2000 Server, we were never friends.

 W2K Migration  Comments Off on Windows 2000 Server, we were never friends.
Mar 052010
 

Windows 2000 Server You were the ancient beige computer that took 10-15 minutes to reboot, and moved so slowly that I could hear your little 20GB hard drive crying out for help.  In your defense, I never knew you in your prime. Before you had 10 years of security updates shoved down your throat.  Coming 7/13/2010, all that will come to an end, and you can finally rest.

I work for a small business with 50 employees and 15 servers.  On the surface, this seems ridiculous. Part of this is because of downsizing:  8 years ago, these 15 servers were modern, sleek, and serving twice as many employees.  Part of this is because we offer many services to our employees that many small businesses do not: Two in house exchange servers, VPN, webserver, forums, redundant domain controllers, etc.  But the largest part of this is because of a mentality that many businesses are stuck in. It worked yesterday, it worked today, why should I spend the money to upgrade it?

There’s some perfectly rational arguments to this.
Continue reading »